An estate of nearly 20 acres in Montecito — where properties typically span three acres or less — is a rarity indeed, but this uncommon home the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains has a rarified, star-studded provenance: the current owners, actor-singer-producer Jeff Bridges and his wife, Susan, purchased Villa Santa Lucia from Kenny Loggins more than two decades ago.
But the estate thoroughly distinguishes itself in other ways, with an alluring Mediterranean style that recalls the timeless hilltop villas of Italy, views that sweep toward the ocean and the Channel Islands, and grounds that have been landscaped with equal parts luxury and whimsy.
Designed by noted Santa Barbara architect Barry Berkus, the main residence itself spans approximately 9,535 square feet and gracefully balances Old World refinement with casual comfort and charm.
Ceilings soar in the grand vaulted hallway, an open living and dining area with century-old beams and an antique stone fireplace, and a welcoming family room with a beamed ceiling, a fireplace and eye-catching brickwork.
The expertly outfitted kitchen includes an island and a pantry and is adjoined by a charming breakfast room and terrace. The spacious library or study has handsome built-in bookcases as well as French doors that open to an alfresco walkway with a vaulted ceiling.
On the upper level are a restful master suite that includes a sitting area and a Juliet balcony, three guest bedroom suites, and a quiet home office.
In the regal tower, accessed via a stairway rising from the master suite, is a private study or meditation room opening to a magnificent rooftop terrace with a breathtaking panorama.
Circling the home are stone terraces embraced by fragrant roses and looking out over the verdant grounds toward the sea. A sun-drenched lounging deck and a wisteria-covered dining pergola are accompanied a wood-burning fireplace and an open-air kitchen.
From their restful perch, they overlook the lush green lawn that surrounds the serene organically shaped swimming pool and tranquil waterfall.
Furthering the enchantment of this expansive private hideaway are a home theater and recording studio, a sculpture fountain surrounded by gardens, meandering paths, an orchard, vineyards, an orchid greenhouse, aloe trees, and what has been familiarly called “the fort” — a quiet spot with a hammock, swings, and benches.
The property is strewn with mature oak, cypress, and olive trees; and trails lead to a nearby natural hot spring.
Visitors will appreciate the privacy of the attached one-bedroom guest cottage as well as the consummate seclusion of the two-bedroom cottage located downhill from the main residence. On-site garaging can accommodate up to four vehicles.
$18,500,000 / 985 Hot Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108